Lok Sabha elections 2019: Foreign delegates study election machinery
The visiting team, part of Election Commission of India’s International Election Visitors Programme (EVP), received a demonstration and first-hand experience of the working of the EVM and the VVPAT.Updated: May 12, 2019 07:08 IST
An international delegation of 11 members from Australia, South Korea, Bosnia, Bhutan and Bangladesh visited the city on Saturday to analyse the nitty-gritty of the election management system.
The visiting team, part of Election Commission of India’s International Election Visitors Programme (EVP), received a demonstration and first-hand experience of the working of the Electronic Voting Machine and the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) at the assembling centre in Government Girls College, Sector 14.
The centre bustled with polling parties’ final rehearsals for setting up machines and booths and collection of polling kits. These polling parties will be posted across nine parliamentary constituencies to hold fair and transparent elections.
A polling party comprises of a presiding officer and three polling officers. They verify the voter ID and help in conducting polls at the booth.
Mohammed Imran Raza, additional deputy commissioner and returning officer, Badshahpur, interacted with delegates and guided them through the documentation process.
He informed them about the 110-page document to be filled by the polling parties after voting is over. Also, he showed handbooks, manuals, ink, envelope and seals that come in the election kit. Later, the team was shown the room where all EVMs and VVPAT will be placed, under tight security, until the day of counting on May 23.
Amit Khatri, deputy commissioner and returning officer of the district, explained in detail the robust technical and administrative mechanism in holding the election. He gave a presentation on the ECI functioning, its structure, role and the implementation of the model code of conduct, followed by answering various queries of the delegates.
Branko Petric, a representative from Bosnia and Herzegovina, said, “The ongoing preparation shows strong management skills in handling the entire election exercise. Our electoral system is totally different as we use ballot papers. We want to understand the logistics of electronic voting as our country goes for election next year.”
On the other hand, delegates from South Korea termed the procedure of using EVMs slightly complicated.
The delegation team included Elizabeth Anne Williams, deputy electoral commissioner, Victoria, Australia; Helal Uddin Ahmed, secretary and Md Abul Kasem, joint secretary, Bangladesh; Dawa Tenzin, secretary and Dorji Wangadi, senior programme officer from Bhutan ; Branko Petric, president and Dr Suad Arnautovic, commissioner, election commission, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Hee Man Koo, director general, Jiwoo Lee, administrator, Taegyun Kim, assistant and Geonhui Lee, assistant from Korea.
The ECI has signed MoUs with all these countries to foster electoral cooperation and promote and exchange democratic norms and best practices.